The Year 13 Health cohort has been researching and evaluating health practices currently used in New Zealand for mental health. In February and March, the Year 13 health classes of Rangitoto College had the privilege of partaking in physical activity sessions and learning about the benefits for mental health. Jack Caunter is a personal trainer who owns his own gym on the North Shore. He took the students for two sessions and discussed the relationship between mental health and physical health. The main ideas within physical activity as a form of health practice included: resilience, relationships, sleep, nutrition, and cognitive thinking.
The students learned about the distinct connection between good physical health and being involved within the community. Physical activity can enhance the social aspect of individuals, encourage goal setting, and ultimately improve overall well-being.